Quick Look: Crackle is a free (ad-sponsored) video-on-demand streaming service with a respectable library of movies and TV shows, along with Crackle original programming. TV shows are listed under Icon, Comedy, Action, Drama, Crackle Original, Thriller, Reality Show, and Anime. You'll find a lot of classic shows from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s such as All In The Family, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Fantasy Island, Rosanne, Starsky & Hutch, Third Rock From The Sun, and What's Happening. There are also a few newer shows, like Dr. Ken (2015), but most of the shows from 2010 and later were short-lived with only a single season, like The Blacklist: Redemption (2017), The Michael J. Fox Show (2013), Mr. Sunshine (2011) and Pan Am (2011).
Movies are listed under six genres: Thriller, Drama, Action, Comedy, Crackle Original, Anime, and Fandom. As with the TV shows, most of the better-known titles are older films, like The Big Chill (1983), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and Against All Odds (1984).
If you're looking for suggestions, the Watch Now selection on the Crackle home screen provides you with several watch lists, including Comedy Channel, Thriller Channel, Sportsball Channel and "We Would Like To Thank The Academy Channel," with past Oscar-winning films.
Crackle will prompt you to login when you launch the channel, but you can skip this if you want to watch anonymously. Logging in, however, lets you save videos to a "watch later" list, and is supposed to result in a lesser number of commercials. When you elect to log in, you will be told to visit If you don't already have a Crackle account, you will be prompted to visit crackle.com/activate and enter the code shown on your TV screen. If you don't already have a free Crackle account, you will be prompted to create one, or to log in using Facebook. With a Crack account, you can also access your watch later across devices. In addition to Roku, Crack is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, web browsers, Apple TV, PS4, Chromecast, and Xbox One.
-- Information is current as of January 30, 2020
Developer's Channel Description: Stream free Hollywood movies, TV series and originals on your favorite devices. Wait, free? Yes, free, always and forever. Watch premium TV shows and movies from a full library of new and iconic hits. All on-demand, without a subscription.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Movies & TV
DEVELOPER: Crackle, Inc.